Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Transformers Legends LG-39 Brainstorm: You Tried Your Best TakaraTomy!

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This is a great toy! It's a great use of the mold, fantastic color, and I love the new head TakaraTomy created for it. It just doesn't happen to be my favorite Brainstorm we got from TF Legends/TF Titans Return. I got this Legends Brainstorm the same day as Super Ginrai, Soundwave, Condor and Jaguar. Of those 5 toys, only 2 rank higher than their Hasbro counterpart for me. It could be one reason I held off, and have still not ordered the Legends Astrotrain. In that toy's case, I already know I like the Hasbro toy accurate look far more. But back to Brainstorm...
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With these recent toys being so connected to Headmasters, I've been watching the Japanese series again as of late. TakaraTomy absolutely nailed it on this toy. The coloring, the new head, all perfectly matching the character in the show. But my interests don't always fit what others want, and hell, not even what I want all the time. In this case, toy accurate, show accurate didn't win me over. I got the first Brainstorm, the Walgreens exclusive in the U.S. and I was like "wow, great toy!" and wondered if I needed to buy another. I then got the Titan Force SDCC+ exclusive Brainstorm and felt "I love this look and style! Amazing toy!", and again wondered should I really buy another one? I succumbed to my own pressure and went ahead and ordered the Legends Brainstorm and once again thought "wow, great toy!", maybe one too many? The SDCC version really does it for me, and as cool as the Legends toy is, I would rank it 2nd among the 3 versions.
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Now when I'm ranking these toys, I use only the core figure for comparisons. I don't include any extras, and specifically didn't include the TF Legends Brainstorm's drone partner Synapse. Had I included the drone in my decision making then yeah, Legends wins hands down. I love the little Titan Masters/Drones, my favorite parts of these toy lines. Synapse does not disappoint. And it's a lovely shade of blue, which always helps. The Synapse drone is a re-color of the Titan Master Brawn vehicle. I love the brawn toy because it takes on the alt mode of Brawn in a way, and also has a cool motorbike transform, as well as a great weapon mode. It's a solid toy all around, and just my opinion, much better in blue than green and yellow.
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I can see where all these different releases of the same mold with maybe at best minor paint app additions can get to collectors, but I'm not there yet. Transformers Combiner Wars and now Titans Return is full of them, but I feel that for the most part Hasbro and TakaraTomy are getting really good at creating 2 very different looks out of the same core design. Can't wait to see what lies ahead for Titans Return and Power of the Primes!



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